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Hrh the Prince of Wales Watercolours Hardcover – 1 Oct 1991

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  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown UK Paperbacks; First Edition edition (Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821218816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821218815
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 24.1 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,142,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don't buy this for the pictures alone. The cover gives a false impression of the contents, as most of the illustrations are postage stamp sized. The alternative WATERCOLOURS publication may be better for the pictures, though I have not had a chance to see it.
I don't know how original the text is, but it comes over as typical of HRH's warm, unassuming modest and companionable style. Well worth reading.
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I am ridiculed by my wife's family (artists all) for having an interest in Prince Charles's watercolours, so the reaction when I bought this (a fortunate find in secondhand book store) after careful consideration, their reaction was predictably dismissive. However, I genuinely enjoy them, their often raw nature gives them life and immediacy that can be absent in the work of more experienced/technically skilled artists. I identify with them because, in some ways, they are not unlike my own watercolours - they offer ideas that I can understand and aspire to. Watercolour painting is something to practice and develop throughout your life and I get a sense of that in this book. Several of the images are very accomplished - the Prince has progressed. I hope he continues paint and improve, I would love to see more in the future.

I like the pictures of Scotland and, although I have visited Scotland several times & climbed there, they remind me of the mountainscapes of Wales that I am more familiar with. It was also interesting to see some of the more exotic foreign landscapes, Italy particularly - a country made to be painted it seems (like Britain) and bright tropical seas & skies. It was also interesting to see some of the Royal homes through a family member's eyes - that is the magic of watercolour, it shows how the artist sees things.

The Royal perspective definitely adds interest but I would be happy to own this book even if the artist were unknown (indeed, I have other books by unknown watercolourists which I find delightful), the images provide an interesting glimpse into another human's life.

The book is beautifully laid out, bound and printed (in Italy), it is the finest book I own in that regard.
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I bought this book in a second-hand bookshop about 18 years ago, a few years after moving to the UK from Belgium (and before I had a computer or heard of Amazon). It is an absolute gem and I purchased the book because I fell in love with the watercolours illustrated within its covers. Prince Charles is a very, very talented artist - no doubt about it. I am so pleased to see his book featured on the Amazon website. Buy it - you will not be disappointed!
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HASH(0x966eea50) out of 5 stars HRH The Prince of Wales Watercolours: An Inspiring Book 1 Aug. 2001
By AngelofMusic98 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This delightful book is a treat for those who have an interest in art, England, or for those who simply wish to understand the mind of Prince Charles a little better. Far more than any biography, this book will give you an insight into the artistic mind of the Prince of Wales, as well as enlighten you to the way he feels about the environment, his country, and the World beyond England. The book follows His Highness through his many travels hither and thither around the world, including his travels in Scotland, Italy, Spain, and the Middle East. There are 73 beautiful color examples of Prince Charles's work selected by him. For an "amateur", as the Prince so calls himself, his work reflects the fact that His Highness has put his all into these works, and he has tremendous talent in the watercolour medium. Each of the 73 color plates in this book also are accompanied by Prince Charles's personal experiences while painting the picture. Some of these experiences appear soul-stirring and patriotic; for example his painting entitled View of Double Haven Bay from HMY Britannia. Then there are some phrases throughout the book that are quite humourous. Such as this line from page 38.."I was sitting on a grass slope amongst a large quantity of sheep droppings with my back beginning to give out and with pins and needles in my bottom!" Similar examples of the Prince's humor are all throughout the book. He also addresses some of the problems he had along the way with his artwork, such as rain and the "gentlemen of the press" getting in the way of artistic expression! On the whole, this is a wonderful book that will inspire you with its artwork, and keep you laughing along the way as well with bits of Prince Charles's humor. His rather humble attitude towards his work is understandable, given his position in life. However, His Highness must indeed feel a hint of pride for producing such lovely scenes on paper. I only hope that Prince Charles will eventually publish more of his artwork, for it certainly deserves to reach a wider audience. I highly recommend this book. It is certainly a "must-read" in my library!
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HASH(0x966eeaa4) out of 5 stars Lovely book! 26 Sept. 2007
By Parisanne20 - Published on Amazon.com
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A treasure of a book...pure and simple! One that I enjoy and am very happy to have in my library.
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HASH(0x966eed80) out of 5 stars I'd order again 18 April 2010
By P. Ramey - Published on Amazon.com
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I tried to find this book everywhere and didn't expect the cost to be so reasonable. I also wasn't sure about the condition of the book but it was in great condition- especially for the price. I'd definitely order from these folks again.
HASH(0x966eec78) out of 5 stars Perfect and beautiful 3 Feb. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this book and I'm so glad that I bought it. It's a really unique table book that is quite substantial. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it bested my expectations. The cover was in a bit rougher shape than described but not to the point where it was a serious issue. The book overall was in beautiful condition.

The vendor shipped this item very quickly and it shipped in safe manner to ensure the integrity of the piece. I would definitely buy from them again.
HASH(0x966eee64) out of 5 stars I Love Tthis Book 14 May 2016
By Bea - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend showed me this book and I was so taken with it that I had to have my own copy.
We intend to do plein aire painting together on a weekly basis.
This book is a true inspiration with the love and dedication of the artist explained in so many ways. (never mind he's a prince).
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